Our feature album this week is from Hunters Hill producer Keonico with his brand-new album Be Someone Else.
Keonico is an electronic music project that has been operating over the past three years by none other than myself (Lachlan Stevens). Originating in 2016 after a high school DJ group fell miserably apart, the project has slowly developed a unique identity amongst the sprawling Sydney music scene.
Last year proved to be the biggest year for Keonico. Not only was his debut-album It’ll Be Alright released, but a subsequent collaborative EP with Frantik KrantikElectric Dreams was dropped as well as another mini-EP in July titled What’s on Television?
Since these releases, fans of Keonico have started offering their own opinions regarding where they’d like to see Keonico’s music in the future. Fan suggestions have included “making some absolute bangers”, “producing some hot rap beats”, “writing some chilled out vocal songs” and countless more. Be Someone Else takes this advice quite literally and attempts to craft a multi-genre record that will hopefully keep all fans happy.
Written and produced over the past six months, Be Someone Else has been Keonico’s biggest project to date. Taking inspiration from a wide range of electronic producers, each track on the album offers an entirely different approach to production. Stay Young takes major influence from ODESZA’s sample usage in Summers Gone; Talkin’ Rough features heavy RL Grime / What So Not styled trap-beats; Say To Me shares many resemblances to the breezy-like style of Flight Facilities and The Kite String Tangle; and Breathe In follows artists like Daniel Avery and Rival Consoles in their ambient-techo styled production.
If you’re a fan of Golden Vessel, The xx, Bonobo or electronic music in general, Be Someone Else might just grab your attention.
Featured Tracks: Angels, Say To Me (feat. Hannah Schmidli), Stay Young, Jewels (feat. Alleyne), Club Love, and Sky High (feat. Yasmine Hosseini).